Unique Taipei City Attractions to Visit in a Week
Taiwan is a small country but Taipei city attractions are numerous and have a lot of character. Most of these Taipei attractions mentioned here are within reach by public transport and are good if you have only a few days to visit the city. Make sure to enjoy the city at night by going to its night market, which is available in almost every district, especially in Wanhua and Zhongzheng districts.
Taipei 101 Observatory in Xinyi District
The city of Taipei is famous for its landscapes but many people admire this city for its skyscrapers and high rises. One of the most well-known Taipei city attractions and tallest towers is the Taipei 101 Observatory. This tower is used today mainly as a luxury shopping mall and workplace but there is also an observatory in the top 3 floors of the tower in order to see the city.
Visiting this observatory on the 91st floor will cost you around $20 but if you want to be adventurous and see the outside Skyline460 on the 101st floor, you will need to pay an additional $100 per person. Other observatory features include the infinite horizon view, the wind-damping system, a beautiful indoor garden and the high-speed elevator that goes 1 kilometer per minute to get you to the top.
To get to Taipei 101 Observatory, take the Tamsui-Xinyi Subway Line and get off at Taipei 101/World Trade Center station.
Liberty Square in the Zhongzheng District
One of the most famous Taipei attractions is the Liberty or Freedom Square. Liberty Square Arch here has a memorial hall built to honor Chiang Kai Shek, the first leader of Taiwan. There is no entrance fee to get to the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall. This Liberty Square is where many people gather for national celebrations and pay respects to the founders of Taiwan.
The Liberty Square Arch also has a beautiful design with white stone walls and colorful flowers outside that are arranged to represent the colors of the national flag of Taiwan. To get to Liberty Square, you need to stop at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station and both Songshan-Xindian and Tamsui-Xinyi Lines have a stop there.
National Taiwan Museum in Zhongzheng District
The National Taiwan Museum mainly focuses on giving detailed information to visitors about how Taiwan came to be and what types of animals used to and currently exist on this island. Overall, this museum is one of the most fantastic Taipei city attractions for those curious about Taiwan’s history and the role of Japan in it, as well as all the achievements that have made Taiwan a success story.
The ticket price for entering the National Taiwan Museum is $1. The museum is open from 9:30 am until 5 pm on Tuesday to Sunday. To get here, you can take the Red Tamshui-Xinyi Line, stop at NTU Hospital Station and head towards 228 Peace Memorial Park to find this museum. Or, you can take either the Bannan or Songshan-Xindian Line and stop at Ximen station. Then, take Hengyang Road all the way to get to the National Taiwan Museum.
Maokong Tea Town in Wenshan District
The Maokong Hills is famous for its Tieguanyin and Oolong tea production. It is definitely one of the most refreshing Taipei city attractions because of its high altitude and the beauty of the tea farms. To get to the Maokong area, you must first stop at Taipei Zoo Station on the Wenhu Line. Then, take the Maokong Gondola Cable Car Line and stop at Maokong Station. The one-way ticket will cost per person around $4 to get to the top. This cable car operates daily except Mondays from 9 am to 9 pm.
After you reach the Maokong Station, you can take the Zhangshu Trail to see the nearby tea fields. At the end of this trail is an observation deck and the Xinghualin Leisure Farm, which is very beautiful in spring blossom season.
Bangka Longshan Temple in Wanhua District
Mengjia Longshan has been an important religious icon among Taipei city attractions because of its history and the fact that it has managed to accommodate multiple faiths under its roof, namely Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. This temple was constructed in honor of Guanyin by Chinese settlers in the Qing dynasty era. Nowadays, there are multiple statues of gods belonging to the abovementioned name available so worshippers can pay their respects and burn incense.
The temple building is truly a work of art but you should also take pictures of the beautiful nearby park. There is no charge to enter the Mengjia Longshan Temple. If you want to buy traditional Chinese herbs, you can go to the “Herb Lane” shop next to this park on Lane 209. The Subway Bannan Line has a stop by Longshan Temple name but you need to pass through Bangka Park first to reach this temple. This district has some of the best Taipei city attractions: night markets. These are places where you can eat for cheap and get great deals on quality souvenirs from Taiwan and bring them back home.